Willie Royster

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Willie Royster
Born: (1954-04-11) April 11, 1954 (age 61)
Clarksville, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1981 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1981 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Games played 4
At bats 4
Hits 0

Willie Arthur Royster (born April 11, 1954) is an American former professional baseball player. The catcher spent eleven seasons in minor league baseball, with a brief, four-game Major League trial for the 1981 Baltimore Orioles. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

Royster was chosen by the Orioles in the 22nd round of the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the minors from 1972–1976 and 1978–1981 — missing the entire 1977 season — until a breakout season with the 1981 Charlotte O's of the Double-A Southern League saw him hit 31 home runs and drive in 88 runs batted in, both career highs.[1] Baltimore recalled him after the September 1 roster expansion.

In Royster's four MLB games played, he appeared as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch hitter. In his four big-league at bats, he struck out twice and gounded out twice.[2]

He returned to the minors in 1982, and his pro career ended after the 1983 season. He played all but 66 of his 961 minor-league games in the Orioles' organization.


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